Born in Tokyo, Japan, Akari Yamamoto is an active freelance clarinet player and piano/woodwinds teacher currently based in New York City. In addition to her frequent orchestral engagements, she is an avid chamber music player and a member of the Eastern Winds woodwind quintet, a recent winner of the Artists International 2005 Young Artists Chamber Music Award. She attended the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo where she earned her BM. Upon graduation, she was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship and moved to New York in 2000 to further her music studies at SUNY at Purchase where she earned her MM. Akari has participated in many music festivals around the world including the Martha Argerich Music Festival in Japan (where she played under the esteemed conductor Myung-Whun Chung), the Kirishima International Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (Florida), and the Bayreuth Young Musicians Festival (Germany). Her teachers include Kazuko Ninomiya, Ayako Oshima and Charles Neidich.
My daughter is so looking forward to restarting lessons with Akari. Thank You!
Jen in Chappaqua